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M.I.Y.O Monday: What’s Your Favorite Salty-Sweet Combination?

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Or, if you like, what are your favorite salty-sweet foods?

Note: M.I.Y.O. Monday stands for Make It Your Own Monday, a question thrown out to DCF readers every Monday to jumpstart the week with lively interaction. I also welcome questions and suggestions for future MIYO Mondays. Email me.

In a short amount of time, I taste a selection of salty-sweet desserts: two types of salted caramel chocolate cakes, a sea salt caramel brownie, a salty caramel apple pie, ice cream with candied bacon bits, various takes on crack pie, and a sticky jam bar with a lingering salty end-note.

Clearly, salty-sweet is a very of-the-moment concept, perhaps approaching its apex already. It seems that there’s no end to the permutations of this flavor favorite. But it’s not new of course. In the year I started DCF, I wrote about some salty oatmeal cookies , quickly followed by chocolate-covered potato chips from ‘Royce. The photo above is the 2012 version of my salty oatmeal cookies.

It’s easy to see why salty-sweet is easy to love. It hits a pair of pleasure points simultaneously and the sensation of salty ignites the sweet, sending it into overdrive. Truly, salt is the essence of flavor, and when paired with sweet, it’s beyond explosive.

So tell me: what are your favorite salty-sweet combinations?

55 Responses to “M.I.Y.O Monday: What’s Your Favorite Salty-Sweet Combination?”

  • My favorites are salted caramel ice cream from Sebastian’s, chocolate-covered potato chips from Royce’, and sea salt caramel in dark chocolate from Cacao.

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  • with my busy schedule, my easy access salty-sweet fix will be the snickers bar or the starbucks’ salted caramel mocha frap/latte. yum yum. bad mondays begone!

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  • My favorite is Chef Tony’s country cheddar popcorn.

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  • Does mcdo french fries with starbucks mocha latte count?

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  • Ghirardeli chocolate chip cookies with sea salt by Aleth Mapa :)

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  • 1. choc-covered potato chips
    2. bacon studded chocolate
    3. salted cheese cocoa drink from Sharetea
    4. champorado and tuyo
    5. green mango sorbet & bagoong from Sebastian’s (trifecta of salty/sweet and sour) :D

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    Aina L. Reply:

    These are all my answers! That and Chef Tony’s cheese popcorns (they’re encased with caramel before being dusted with the cheese).

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    K Reply:

    and arroz ala cubana ;)

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  • I recently discovered Starbucks’ Salted Caramel Mocha Frappe and I’ve been ordering it quite a lot. :P

    I also love desserts wit bacon on them –> bacon maple, chocolate and bacon, etc :) Or those with salty pretzels –> chocolate and salty pretzels :D

    When I’m in Podium, I always go to Sebastian’s for their Dark Chocolate Ice Cream/Caramel Ice Cream with Fleur de Sel :D

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  • Blue cheese + dried apricots + walnuts.
    Sebastian’s butter pecan.
    Honeyed goat cheese.
    Petite Patisserie’s French apple pie with cheese baked right into the crust. :D

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  • One of my favorite things to have for breakfast these days are sliced crisp French baguettes topped with brie & drizzled with honey. <3

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    Lori Reply:

    Brie is good and so is any cheese that’s a bit sharper.

    –lori

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  • ? Sweet potato fries
    ? Champorado with dilis
    ? Turon with cheese
    ? Ripe mangoes with salt
    ? Honey-cured ham (because Christmas is arriving!)

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    anotherwise Reply:

    I might say, Lori, you’ve asked a hard question. We love too many salty-sweet combinations to have one favorite! :)

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    Lori Reply:

    anotherwise-
    Really now, is DCF known for restraint? :p There’s no rule that says you have to stop at one.

    –lori

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  • Over here they sell bread in really thick slices (equivalent of 2 slices in Manila). Some may find it odd but what I usually do is I toast 1 slice, with half of it covered in quick melt cheese. The other half, I spread with some butter and drizzle with honey. This is my breakfast everyday (paired with coffee and some fruit). Come to think of it, this combi may be due to my wanting to satisfy both sweet and salty cravings early in the day! :)

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    anotherwise Reply:

    I spy an egg! Yum!

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    Lori Reply:

    Where are you based? I love the idea of thick toasts and multi-spread breads. Reminds me of Saint’s Alp.

    –lori

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    Agatha Galang-Yamada Reply:

    Hi Lori. I’m based in Tokyo. Been a longtime DCF reader. I’m a fan :)

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  • bacon waffle pancake with syrup from pancake house!

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    charmaine Reply:

    ooops, i meant bacon waffle (no pancake)

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  • 1. anything with salted caramel
    2. cheese with dried apricots or figs mostly from hotel buffet spreads
    3. pandesal or plain loaf of bread filled with salted butter and sugar or a slice of cheese and orange marmalade or apricot preserves
    4. garrett’s chicago mix popcorn

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    Lori Reply:

    I keep forgetting how salted butter and sugar on toast is a quintessential Pinoy salty-sweet treat.

    –lori

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  • 1. Holy Kettle Corn sweet-salty popcorn
    2. Chex Mix (Turtle Mix)
    3. toasted bread with butter & sugar
    4. Chicago Mix popcorn
    5. Chocolate-covered pretzels
    6. Mcdo’s french fries dipped in hot fudge sundae (if I’m in the mood for calories, LOL!!)

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    u8mypinkcookies Reply:

    i forgot these 2:
    – Skyflakes topped with local coco jam
    – pancakes topped with peanut butter (the imported ones w/ is a bit salty unlike those made locally)

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  • Nutella and Cheetos. I also love McDo’s fries too, but my sweet poison of choice would be the caramel sundae. :)

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    Lori Reply:

    Tracee-
    Nutella dipped into Cheetos? :p

    –lori

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  • Salty and sweet is my favorite combination. Where do I begin?

    Let’s start with a blast from my past: french fries dipped in a caramel or chocolate sundae.

    Then there came the sophisticated chocolate-covered potato chip, especially the one from Royce’.

    The weirdos come next: Nutella and Lay’s potato chips between two slices of angel food cake, grilled cheese and apple sandwiches, Chippy and Hershey’s chocolate syrup, Tender Juicy hotdogs drizzled with pancake syrup, and cookie dough with salt flakes.

    Salted caramel is very popular now and I could not be happier!

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    Lori Reply:

    Kasseopeia-
    I’m quite an adventurous eater but my mouth drops open at the idea of angel food cake sandwiching Nutella and Lay’s potato chips (!)

    –lori

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  • Happy Lemon’s cocoa milk tea with rock salt & cheese!

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  • it’s not the most exciting but it’s got to be sea salt caramel ANYTHING for me — whether it’s on ice cream, frostings, cappucino/latte, or even on its own, like the ones in photo :)

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    Lori Reply:

    Thanks for sharing the photo, Maro!

    –lori

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  • My current “addiction” is the Iced Salted Caramel Mocha from Starbucks. I love how the sweetness of the caramel rivals with the strong taste of mocha with bits of salt on top. It’s the perfect caffeine fix :-)

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  • It will have to be Joan & Jane’s salted caramel brownies for me Lori :)

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  • My current fave is Manchego Cheese enrobed with Dark Chocolate. *drools*

    Salted Caramel is a classic in my book. And Chocolate covered potato chips or bacon. Nomnomnom.

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  • Shards of edam cheese on whole wheat crackers drizzled with honey. Yumyum. That came about since I’m the only one in my house who eats the said cheese and we have a whole lot of them at Christmas.

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  • From the 90’s: McDonald’s French Fries with Strawberry sundae.
    Otherwise, it’s Champorado made with Tablea and crispy fried pusit.

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  • Pretzel M&M’s! Oh how I wish they were locally available!

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    Lori Reply:

    Pretzel M&M’s? Such a unique combination exists?

    –lori

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    Kasseopeia Reply:

    Yes, they exist and I only get the from Balikbayan boxes. They’re not available locally! Boohoohoo!

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    Tina Reply:

    I saw Candy Corner in Rockwell carrying small bags of Pretzel M&M’s, but they’re ridiculously priced at almost Php 100 each :p

  • Latundan bananas dipped in adobo oil. :)

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    Lori Reply:

    Oh. WOW.

    –lori

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  • sweet life by ange’s salty sweet camchips. yummm

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  • I guess my beer cupcake topped with bacon will do the trick! =0)

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  • when i was still living in manila, and when becky’s kitchen only had one branch, i loved eating classic chippy and becky’s kitchen brownies together.

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  • Sea Salt Ice cream with Caramel Ribbons: http://saltandstraw.com/caramel.php

    Goat cheese (salty) with homemade red pepper jelly or tomato jam (both are sweet).

    Chocolate covered pretzels.

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  • Hi Lori I have been reading your blog for years! A sweet escape from stresses of the hospital. I must say my faves:
    1. Banana wrapped in slice cheese. Delicious and healthy, my childhood fave
    2. Porkchop and apple chutney, and in the same vein, lambchops with mint jelly
    3. Weirdest would be Sprinkling my koko crunch cereal and milk with shaved cheese mmmm

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  • M&M’s Peanut Butter variant. sweet and salty overload :)

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  • hello ms. lori,

    first time to comment. mine would be:

    1. Chippy with a bar of milk chocolate
    2. Strawberry jam and bacon sandwiches (homemade)

    thank you,

    isabel

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  • PB toast w/ soft boiled egg&soy sauce from Toast box!

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  • it would have to be… cheese whiz + strawberry jam sandwich.

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  • McDonald’s french fries + hot fudge sundae and Champorado + tuyo!!! :D

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  • Saltine crackers with dulce de leche.

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  • This is weeks late, but I was so inspired by this comment thread that I decided to write about it! The URL is below if you’d like to check it out, but here are some of the items on my list

    1. Filipino street-style hotcakes with margarine and white sugar
    2. Candy: Pete’s butterball (?), Kraft caramel cubes, candy corn
    3. Trader Joe’s milk chocolate-covered peanut butter pretzels
    4. Cheddar/parmesan pancakes
    5. Oreos with grated cheese inside
    6. Cheese ice cream

    http://everyonesafoodie.blogspot.com/2012/10/salty-sweet-my-favorites.html

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